Group As A Mask

What You'll Do

In this lesson, you'll rasterize a type layer, then use a clipping group as a mask for imagery already in an image. You'll also use the Transform command to alter an object's appearance.

Understanding the Clipping Mask Effect

If you want to display type in one layer using an interesting image or pattern in another layer as the fill for the type, then look no further. You can create this effect using a clipping mask (also called a clipping group). With a clipping group, you can isolate an area and make images outside the area transparent. This works very well with type, and can be used with

FIGURE 1

Sample clipping mask effect a variety of images. Figure 1 shows an example of this effect in which type acts as a mask for imagery. In this effect, the (rasterized type) layer becomes a mask for the imagery. The image of the roses is masked by the text. For this effect to work, the layer that is being masked (the imagery, in this case) must be positioned above the mask layer (in this case, the type layer) on the Layers palette.

FIGURE 1

Sample clipping mask effect

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